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About X-Panels

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A cutting-edge solution for artists who demand the best.  

Designed to provide a superior artistic experience and ensure archival quality and longevity,

X-Panels go where no art panels have gone before.



Sleek design offers a lightweight but substantial warp and moisture resistance painting surfaceThe age-old problem with wood panels has been their tendency to warp. For this reason, cradled panels became popular in the art world. But large cradled panels can become heavy and thick due to the need for larger cradle frames to counteract the warping. X-Panels use a unique technology to address this issue, making them a more efficient and practical choice for artists.


The inspiration for X-Panels came from the construction of the creator's aerobatic airplane, which combined composites such as carbon fiber and fiberglass with thin plywood to create incredibly strong structural components.  The process of layering wood and composite materials has been used for many years in industries such as aviation and marine, and X-Panels make use of this technology to provide added strength, stiffness, and waterproofing to the panel. These features make X-Panels a truly innovative and unique option for artists.At just 3/8 inches thick or less, X-Panels are compact and easy to transport, making them a convenient choice for artists on the go. The slim design also provides a wider range of framing options compared to traditional cradled panels. 


X-Panels were created by artist Tom Applegate. To learn more about his work, visit and

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